At the end of the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball tournament last week, the league issued a new transfer policy regarding student-athletes who may have encountered legal and/or misconduct issues at their previous schools.
In short, the if the athlete is ineligible to re-enroll at his or her previous school due to “issues such as assault, harassment, academic fraud, and other violations of campus behavior conduct policies” that athlete will be ineligible to transfer to a Pac-12 institution.
It is a policy that means well, but also throws a blanket statement over situations that often have wildly different factors on a case-to-case basis. Particularly when it involves still-maturing 18 to 20-year olds.
“I’m still not sure I understand the logistics of it. I think it’s dangerous when you make policies like that,” Boyle said. “It looks good on paper and on the surface it looks good, but you have to be careful when you make policies that are blanket policies. Every situation is different when it comes to discipline on campus. And so I’m a little leery of it.”
Boyle reiterated that while he questions the gist of the policy, he and his staff have always investigated the background of any transfer they consider bringing in.
“We do our due diligence,” Boyle said. “If there was an issue at his previous school, we’ll certainly look into that issue. Character is going to be the No. 1 criteria. Always has been, always will be in our recruiting policy.”